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Regional Systems of Innovation

EU to use smart cities to boost investment and sustainability

On February 7 2017, the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions announced their plan to work together in an initiative to create smarter EU cities and regions, with the overall goal of boosting investment and building a more sustainable Europe.

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Smart Regions Conference

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The Smart Regions conference took place in Brussels on 1-2 June 2016. This event marked the transition from the completion of RIS3 towards full implementation in regional and interregional programmes and investment projects. It gathered 636 representatives from regional authorities, research, business and European institutions.  Continue reading…

Five ways to bring money and investment into your local area

Paper Mill in Port Townsend, WashingtonWith government grants disappearing and banks more reluctant to fund small businesses, local communities are seeking new ways to find investment. Crowdfunding isn’t the only way to get projects off the ground. There are other ways to encourage investment. Continue reading…

Factors that Boost Metro Startup and Growth Rates

beyond_metropolitan_startup_ratesA Kauffman Foundation report highlights the impact of education on rates of business startups and growth in metropolitan areas, while disputing the impact of certain factors that previously have been touted for their influence. Continue reading…

Finland’s user-driven innovation policy

The 2010 Finnish National Innovation Strategy contains an important section on demand and user-driven innovation. In addition to considering scientific and technological development as an important source of innovation, the strategy also takes into account the growing role of other knowledge-based innovations and the related demand and user-orientation in the broadening innovation activity in the society. Continue reading…

The evolution of Norway’s national innovation system

Norway_InnovationThis paper by Jan Fagerberg, David C Mowery and Bart Verspagen, published on Science and Public Policy, 36(6), July 2009, pages 431–444, analyses the co-evolution of science, technology and innovation policy and industrial structure in a small, open, resource-based economy (Norway). Continue reading…

Asia’s systems of innovation

asias-system-of-innovation.jpgNew interesting titles on Asia’s innovation systems are presented in the catalogue “Innovation and Knowledge Management” by Edward Elgar publishing. Asia’s innovation system(s) is the main topic in the innovation and development section, and the success of Asian economies has made tempting to look for an Asian model of innovation. Continue reading…

OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation Competitive Regional Clusters: National Policy Approaches

sourceOECD_LogoBrowsing the library of OECD, I have identified quite a few books that are related to the topics that we are trying to address. The one presented below is one of the latest interesting books published by OECD. According to the abstract of the book… Continue reading…

The World is Spiked

The world is spiked - Click to enlargeThe 2007 Index of Silicon Valley introduces the idea that “The World is Spiked” meaning that although the global competitive field is “flattening”1 regions still vary by their relative strengths and weaknesses from which regional specializations and comparative advantage emerge—creating “spikes” in a flat world. Continue reading…

Local Innovation Systems project

The Local Innovation Systems Project is an international research partnership based at the Industrial Performance Center (IPC) of MIT. The project focuses on developing new insights into how regional capabilities can spur innovation and economic growth. Continue reading…